Texans' Jadeveon Clowney to have season-ending knee surgery

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Houston Texans linebacker will have knee surgery and miss the remainder of the season, the team announced Thursday.

Jadeveon Clowney's rookie season came to a disappointing end on Thursday, as Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced that the defensive end will have surgery on his right knee and be placed on the injured reserve.

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South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 26: Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans looks on during a NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 23: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX- AUGUST 16: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans looks at the score board on the sidelines while the Houston Texans play against the Atlanta Falcons in a pre-season NFL game on August 16, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney addresses the crowd as the football team is saluted during a ceremony as the Gamecocks' men's basketball team plays host to Mississippi at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (C Michael Bergen/The State/MCT via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 26: Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans in action during a NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) warms up before the NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Clowney has been injured and is questionable for the game. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 16: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans during the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 16: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans during the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 20: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans looks on during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX- SEPTEMBER 07: Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney #90 runs toward Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson #11 in the first quarter on September 7, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22: Former South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 20: Injured linebacker Jadeveon Clowney of the Houston Texans looks on from the sideline before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Texans 30-23. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
Houston Texans No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, a defensive end from South Carolina, is all smiles as he meets the press during an introductory NFL football news conference Friday, May 9, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) warms up before the NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Clowney has been injured and is questionable for the game. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 26: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans warming up and listening to his Monster headphones before a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Texans defeated the Titans 30-16. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Friday, May 9, 2014 file photo, Houston Texans No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, a defensive end from South Carolina, speaks during an introductory NFL football news conference as coach Bill O'Brien, right, looks on in Houston. Top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney says he will start the preseason opener, Saturday, Aug. 10., 2014 at Arizona after missing practice time this week with an undisclosed injury. Clowney's proclamation seemed to catch Texans coach Bill O'Brien by surprise. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Jadeveon Clowney, the Houston Texans No. 1 overall draft pick, holds up his new jersey and jokes about where to look during an NFL football press conference Friday, May 9, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Houston Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney, flips a replica 1906 football, during the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney competes in a drill for NFL representatives at South Carolina football pro day in Columbia, S.C., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, right, and Clemson's Sammy Watkins teach tackling technique during an NFL football event in New York, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The event was to promote Play 60, an NFL program which encourages kids to be active for a healthy life. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney competes in a drill for NFL representatives at South Carolina football pro day in Columbia, S.C., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney competes in a drill for NFL representatives at South Carolina football pro day in Columbia, S.C., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney competes in a drill for NFL representatives at South Carolina football pro day in Columbia, S.C., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney walks around the field carrying the trophy after South Carolina defeated Wisconsin 34-24 the Capital One Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, left, jokes with Florida State defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan during drills at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) warms up before the start of an NCAA college football game against Coastal Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) gestures to the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Central Florida's Justin McCray tries to block South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.(AP Photo/John Raoux)
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney talks with teammates on the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Wofford in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says star defensive end Clowney doesn't want to quit on his team and is looking forward to playing football for the Gamecocks in 2013. Clowney's status become a trending topic this week, with some columnist suggesting the sophomore might sit out the season to protect his health and likely high draft position in 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton, File)
Young fans jostle to catch a glove thrown into the stands by South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, after the Gamecock's 48-10 victory over East Carolina in an NCAA college football game, at Williams-Brice Stadium, in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 09: Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans stands on the sidelines during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Texans 32-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 09: Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans walks off the field during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Texans 32-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 09: Jadeveon Clowney displays his Houston Texans jersey as he is introduced at Reliant Stadium on May 9, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Clowney was selected by the Texans with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks walks off the field at the end of the first half of their game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 23: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks watches on from the bench during their game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 23: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 02: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks smiles on the sidelines during their game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
South Carolina's defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) appears during the first half against Vanderbilt at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina, Saturday, September 14, 2013. South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt, 35-25. (Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/The State/MCT via Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - AUGUST 29: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
South Carolina football players Jadeveon Clowney attends Media Day at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina, Sunday, August 4, 2013. (C Michael Bergen/The State/MCT via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 01: Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes up field during a 33 - 28 victory against the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Clowney tore his meniscus during Houston's season-opener and had surgery that forced him to miss a significant portion of the season. Clowney appeared in only three more games before receiving this latest opinion from Dr. James Andrews that another surgery is necessary.

Both O'Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel spoke of the need for surgery and praised Clowney's ability after the announcement.

Clowney entered the NFL with a great deal of hype and it's unfortunate that injury prevented him from really having a chance to meet expectations. His season ends with him recording just seven tackles and zero sacks.

The Texans selected Clowney with the No. 1 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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